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    Yesterday, 08:02 PM
    Thanks Urza. I though there was a bit of weirdness there. I read on the Atmos website that they had videos "specially designed for the WindowsFX projector" or some such, and it seemed a bit like wiggle words. I'm assuming now they mean that they're designed to start and end with a blank frame so the break isn't as noticeable. And then the other day I was reading something about "black breaks between loops" on their site and it said something to the effect that it was "not the fault of the...
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    09-29-2016, 09:20 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Candee's profile
    I don't know about the space thing. I don't think I should have a yard that's just solid props, but it feels like there should be something there. It's one reason I like the tombstones. But I feel like we need plants or boulders or something in between. Tempted to cut the hedge in the back down further and just scatter bundles of branches around the yard. I feel like we're missing something scale-wise to. Everything seems really...balanced or something. Just too well spaced. I don't know if...
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    09-29-2016, 03:33 PM
    I got the a WindowsFX projector at Christmas and just loaded up Mr. Chicken's tombstone projection - looks great. The one problem I have is it goes black before the loop starts up again. Have to see if I can fix that.
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    09-28-2016, 08:23 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Candee's profile
    Yeah, you definitely pay a price when you don't put things away nicely the year before. So tough to get going. I'm hoping we'll have a few minutes to go through some of our stuff and get rid of a bit of it. So much that just doesn't work for us anymore (none of it anything a serious haunter would want.) We're in a weird space this year for retail - just don't seem to be on the kind of shopping quests we usually are. Micheal's seemed OK. Canadian Tire seemed to have less but they had more...
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    09-28-2016, 08:17 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Candee's profile
    I was really hoping you were setting up your whole haunt in seconds. The was the trick I was looking for. :D Here's the thread for Mr. Chickens tombstone projections. A little pricey in Canadian dollars but he's been crazy helpful around here for years, so I don't feel too bad about it. We're gonna use our little WindowsFX projector my wife got me last year for my birthday. I don't know if it would be easier to set up or not. Hope to make the blank tombstone for it this week....
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    09-28-2016, 07:58 PM
    Hey Alan! Welcome to the forums! Always good to have lurkers come out of the shadows. :)
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    09-27-2016, 08:15 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Candee's profile
    Well mostly I'm just glad to see a friendly face around here. Usually I have people stopping by to say hello but I'm mostly just whistling in the dark this year, with a few exceptions. We're off to a decent start although we don't have a grand plan really. Working on building a pipe organ for a Phantom of the Opera display (we've got a nice Lon Chaney mask). We've put in a fair bit of work on it but I think it could go south pretty quick with my building skills. I bought one of the...
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    09-27-2016, 04:51 AM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    Wow! Just like old times. I thought I'd lost that skill. Thanks for letting me know. :)
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    09-27-2016, 04:51 AM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Candee's profile
    Yeah, the ads I'm getting are all over the map. I've got an add blocker but usually left it shut off for HF. But the ads are so annoying.Things seem so slow around here lately and I'm sure they aren't helping. How you doing? You got any Halloween underway?
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    09-26-2016, 05:22 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    Congratulations on the limb removal. I was worried you were gonna be stumped. We've had so many in-laws visiting I'm thinking of putting my family tree through the wood chipper. I'll be here all week. Looks like we CAN just scrap the stupid paint off the mirror. Just gotta figure out what nasty little tool is safest for the glass. (My keys scratch everything else up, figured it might work on the paint.)
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    09-26-2016, 05:11 PM
    Did Martha completely punt on Halloween this year? Living magazine had nada.
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    09-26-2016, 05:10 PM
    Hey FW, Welcome to the forums! Ex-lurkers are the best people. ;)
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    09-25-2016, 07:04 PM
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    09-25-2016, 04:54 PM
    Depending on what you're looking for, Value Village had a pretty good selection this year.
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    09-25-2016, 04:53 PM
    I think the prices are definitely higher, but I also think they carry more higher end stuff, and a different selection than the other pop-up stores. So here, where we've got 3 Spirits and Party City and an independent Halloween store or two, it doesn't bother me so much. We pick up the stuff we can find cheaper elsewhere, and pick up the stuff we can't find anywhere else there. But they definitely carry higher end animatronics. The one near us had a large lenticular portrait of a witch holding...
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    09-25-2016, 04:16 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    I am shocked - SHOCKED I tell ya. You mean there's just a mere mortal behind the curtain? ;) We initially wondered about the mirror but we saw another one there which had a scratch through the paint and thought...How hard could it be? We'll mess around. It's not so much the organ part. Just looking for some kind of material that would be flexible enough to bend around a corner while strong enough to hold it's shape. We could buy rolls of veneer but it's not super cheap and I don' t know...
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    09-25-2016, 08:38 AM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    Hey you! Hope setup is going well. :) I got two questions for the expert. 1) We bought a mirror from Micheals that had a skull screened on the front of it - we want to take that off. Seems like a real mirror (it's heavy). Would the stuff you recommend for removing paint off blowmolds work? We don't want to damage the glass (I think the frame is a resin.) 2) Working on the organ...we're modelling it very loosely on the Haunted Mansion version. The wood curves in the area where the keyboard...
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    09-22-2016, 08:32 PM
    Hi kamiel! Your english is pretty much perfect so no need to worry there. You're doing amazing getting 300 kids to your door - you must be getting them from neighbouring towns! We do a lot of decorating and only get about 80 kids here per year. There are quite a few folks here who do serious yard haunts or walk-through displays that get numbers above 300. Some of it depends on the age of the kids in your area and how many others are decorating. We do have people from all over on the...
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    09-21-2016, 02:27 PM
    YAY!!! Thank you so, so much!! The Spell book is already displayed on my buffet table! I have a wicked book holder that looks perfect with it! I'm sure you saw my pinterest boards and know I love shadow boxes... and the one you made is no exception! I love it! The boots!!! The boots are so darn cute!!! Everything is just awesome... :)
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    09-20-2016, 05:16 PM
    Well I'm finally back working again, so feeling a little bit bette mentally. Got a ton to do though. We're hoping to get some bigger projects done this year (nothing like what you guys do) but we keep getting so much company! Really hoping to have something finished up by the end of September. (We have done a little tombstone so that's something.) Glad to hear you're doing OK - and that you'll be doing some haunting this year. Hope things all fall into place for you. We seem to be missing...
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    09-19-2016, 05:05 PM
    Okay.. which one of you is my Reaper??!! With all the locations hidden, I can't figure it out and I REALLY want to give you a proper "thank you" :)
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    09-19-2016, 04:54 PM
    Theres MORE!! The third box had all kinds of witchy things and a clown to add to the Carnevil theme my neighbor is doing and I'm hoping to add to this year! Look at the double sided witch sign, the too cute cauldron jar with stand, another witch sign, and sleeping potion AND THESE BEYOND COOL WITCH BOOTS!
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    09-19-2016, 04:49 PM
    I was Reaped and I am one happy, little witch!!! I wanted to post pics before I do my homework to find out who my Reaper is... They did not reveal themselves.. grrrrr... lol But I want them to know that I am very, VERY happy with everything and feel VERY fortunate to have received such awesome gifts! I came home from work and found 3 BOXES waiting for me!! I Opened the first box and found a beautiful Spell book wrapped in awesome paper!! Each box had a cool...
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    09-19-2016, 09:59 AM
    I'm at work and just a message that a box has been delivered to my house! It may be something I ordered OR it may be my Secret Reaper box!! I will have to wait until 5 to find out! Ohhhhh the inhumanity!! lol!
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    09-19-2016, 09:58 AM
    I'm at work and just got a message that there is a box waiting for me at home... Not sure if it is something I ordered orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr MY SECRET REAPER BOX!! Come on five oclock!!
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    09-18-2016, 06:35 PM
    Bam! Where you been? I've been worried about you. Hope all is Ok!
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    09-17-2016, 08:47 PM
    Btw, a lot of people miss this (including myself) when they're first starting out. If you're doing decorations for your yard for Halloween, don't forget to consider lighting. You can make a huge impact doing nothing but just shining a coloured spotlight on your house. But if your making props for outside, make sure people can see them. Find some way of lighting them up, whether it's dollar store flashlights or something fancy.
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    Well I'm finally back working again, so feeling a little bit bette mentally. Got a ton to do though. We're hoping to get some bigger projects done this year (nothing like what you guys do) but we keep getting so much company! Really hoping to have something finished up by the end of September. (We have done a little tombstone so that's something.)

    Glad to hear you're doing OK - and that you'll be doing some haunting this year. Hope things all fall into place for you. We seem to be missing a lot of regulars this year - something in the air maybe.
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    Bam! Where you been? I've been worried about you. Hope all is Ok!
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    It'll project video and stills. Comes with some animations of Santa delivering presents and some Halloween animations too. Pretty low resolution and intensity, so it'll be a bit limited.

    Yeah, I did some Flash animation for TCB - hadn't touched Flash in a while so it was pretty rough but at least it worked for her.
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    Hey Bam! Basically forgot my own birthday this year and definitely forgot yours. Hope you had a good one.

    No Halloween-y birthday gifts but I did get one of those little WindowFX projectors for Christmas, so I'll need to play around with that and see what it's capable of.
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    Hey Bam. No, no big Christmas plans. My wife kind of hates Christmas and things have gotten kinda strained with my family so it's a bit of a rough time of year. But we have our tree and our lights up and I think I've got my shopping done. It'll be quiet, but it'll be Ok.

    No Dept. 56 Christmas village. That'd likely break us.

    How about you? Any big plans? Are you at least off for a few days?
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    Oh my gosh! I LOVE the pictures!! How cool! My hubby thinks I'm crazy when I make him pull over to look at abandoned or hidden cemeteries! I love reading all the stones and putting a story together in my head! I could wander around for hours! lol Thank you SO much for sharing these with me!! I hope you had a nice Halloween!!
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    Ah, I think I've gotten pneumonia a couple times after sweeping out the garage after long periods of time. I wonder if it was a similar catalyst?

    Yeah, we got snow the day after Halloween again...nothing horrible this year. But we've had it off and on for the last couple weeks. Should all melt away tomorrow and then be back a couple days later. How about you?
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    Hello there! Thanks for stopping by!

    I actually had to take this year off from building also, although we did have a nice Halloween otherwise. But yeah, some job transition stuff sucking up time. Hopefully I will be able to set up the scene I was picturing for next year. And definitely looking forward to seeing yours then too! There were some terrific haunts out there this year for sure - very inspiring.
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    Just ran out of time this year and didn't really have the space for it anyway. But didn't want to have something that I might have to fiddle with all night with the in-laws visiting.

    I don't know why it's so expensive to ship up here. The bad thing is...one of the services...I think it's UPS...charges a brokerage fee which can be insane. I think I ordered a big box of stuff from Spider Hill - maybe it cost me $180? And then it cost something like $80 to ship and then I was hit with a brokerage fee that was something like $100. I can't remember exactly - and it's not Spider-Hill's fault.

    My wife years ago ordered a Snow White costume from the online Disney store and it was 75% off. But by the time the shipping, customs and brokerage fees were added in, it turned out to be more than the original price. It just sucks.
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    Sorry to hear you had pneumonia. I had it last Christmas and it took me out for a loong time. As crappy as the timing is, it's probably quicker to recover before the weather gets cold.

    Glad hear you're back. We're already thinking about next year as well. Kinda bummed we didn't have much new stuff this year . So we're hoping to radically change things next year while putting in as little work as necessary. I find it tough to exclude the stuff that's working though.

    The werewolf, which I still love too, is probably 7 years old and hasn't changed at all in the last 4. He's just got a very awkwardly posed wood legs and then a PVC torso with joints from spider-hill prop works. It'd probably work best if he was 100% PVC but it's not cheap to ship the joints up here. But I DO think that having him in a pose that's a little tougher to accomplish makes a huge difference. Something I need to work on for next year.

    Hope to see you around here more this year.
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